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Volume 894: debated on Monday 23 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry what steps he proposes to take to reduce the present high cost of imports of timber and timber products.

Timber and timber products are international commodities whose price is set by world supply and demand. The United Kingdom is not self-sufficient in this area, and our ability to influence world prices is, therefore, extremely limited. Imports in 1975 are, however, expected to fall appreciably.